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Programme overview

Want to become a nurse? Develop the skills to become a competent Registered Nurse and an effective member of the healthcare team. You learn to assess, manage and communicate effectively with patients in hospitals and the local community. Gain an understanding of medical and surgical nursing, and community and mental health. Evaluate ethical dilemmas in clinical nursing practice, and explore the role and application of technology in the healthcare environment.

Highlights

  • Enables you to qualify as a Registered Nurse when you've passed the exam set by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • Approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • The only programme in West Auckland leading to registration as a nurse.
  • Focuses on meeting the health needs of people and their communities, supporting people with continuing health challenges, and maintaining a commitment to evidence-based practice.
  • Practise what you've learnt at the Education and Practice Simulation Centre (SimLab) at Waitakere Hospital.
  • Practice placements (approximately 200 days will be in practice settings) and at least 1100 hours of designated nursing practice. In the final year, you work on rostered nursing duties. Practice experiences include acute care, surgery, medicine, rehabilitation/disability, preventative care and mental health.
  • An opportunity to work in a variety of practice contexts, from Waitakere Hospital, North Shore Hospital, Starship Children's Hospital and private surgical hospitals to the Mason Clinic, Rehab Plus and primary healthcare organisations.
  • Experienced and multi-cultural staff, many of whom still work in clinical nursing practice.
  • Access to computerised library databases and the internet to quickly access clinical reference tools.

Common Semester

Semester one of the Bachelor of Nursing is a common semester. Students from a range of health, social science and education programmes study together, giving you a good understanding of where disciplines overlap and how they fit together.

The common semester is delivered using a blended learning format. This includes face-to-face sessions with your tutors, as well as workshops where you can practice tasks with your classmates. You’ll use digital resources like Google Docs and Moodle to access course materials, and join webinars to discuss ideas. There are also ‘eventorials’ – big shared learning events where you can meet staff and students from all the disciplines.

The blended learning approach gives you more control over what you learn and how you learn. You can access course materials when you’re ready to, and build knowledge through your own research. These are really important skills that will prepare you for the rest of your studies - and your career.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects plus a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework, plus a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; a minimum of 4 credits must be in Reading and a minimum of 4 credits must be in Writing; OR
  2. At least 3 ‘C’ passes in the New Zealand University Bursaries Examinations; OR
  3. Successful completion of the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga Level 3 with a relevant pathway, where appropriate;OR
  4. Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4); OR
  5. Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4); OR
  6. Equivalent

Special Admission

Applicants must have: 

  1. Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence; AND 
  2. Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a potential successful outcome in the qualification. 

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

International Students for whom English is not their First Language
Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  1. Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL), Academic, Level 4;
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5;
  3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR  an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test ) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
  4. Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  5. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
  6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
  7. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.

Existing English Language Proficiency
Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

Specific Admission

  1. Provide evidence of clearance of any criminal conviction considered inappropriate for working with vulnerable people; AND
  2. Provide a completed medical declaration indicating there is no evidence of a medical condition that will impact on their ability to practice safely as a nurse; and provide evidence of immune status (GP to complete both items). 
  3. Be able to participate in the practical aspects of the degree; AND
  4. Are supported by two testimonials and/or character references, e.g., school or community organisation; AND
  5. Have completed an approved First Aid course.
  6. Have completed the Certificate in University Preparation (CUP) successfully, including International Students.
  7. An applicant for the degree who is transferring from an undergraduate nursing programme at another tertiary education institution will only be considered for selection upon receipt of a confidential report from the institution from which they are transferring.
  8. An applicant meeting English Language Requirements with IELTS or TOEFL certification must have an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of at least 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.5 or a TOEFL score of no less than 575 or equivalent.
  9. Except in exceptional circumstances, applicants who have completed the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies Whitinga Level 3 must achieve a minimum overall grade of C+ for course HEAL4002 Introduction to Health Knowledge and a pass in FSTU1030 Introduction to Nursing Mathematics or equivalent.

Discretionary Admission

Applicants may be granted Discretionary Admission, if they have, for example:

a. A minimum total of 60 NCEA credits at level 2 in 4 subject areas including:

  • At least 12 NCEA credits at level 2 in English, including a minimum of 4 credits in reading and a minimum of 4 credits in writing or equivalent; AND
  • At least 12 NCEA credits at level 2 in science subjects; AND
  • At least 14 NCEA credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau ; AND
  • Support from the applicant's school; or

b. A minimum total of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 in 4 subject areas including:

  • At least 12 NCEA credits at level 2 in English, including a minimum of 4 credits in reading and a minimum of 4 credits in writing or equivalent; AND
  • At least 12 NCEA credits at level 2 in science subjects; AND
  • At least 14 NCEA credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau; AND
  • A minimum total of 21 NCEA credits (with a minimum of 7 credits in at least 3 subject areas) at level 3, or equivalent; AND
  • Support from the applicant's school.

Special Admission

  • At least 14 NCEA credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau or equivalence 
  • Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a potential successful outcome in the qualification (level 3 and above).

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2015. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

CoursesCredits Restrictions
Human Bioscience (HEAL5023) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Examine the biological and chemical principles that govern the homeostatic functioning of the human body and to provide a basis for discussing the different modes of intervention encountered in all aspects of nursing practice.
Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice (HEAL5026) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To facilitate the development of professional nursing identity and professional nursing practice. Students will be introduced to the fundamental skills of nursing practice and the contexts in which these are applied.
Knowledge for Professional Practice (HEAL5027) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to key nursing concepts and theories that underpin professional practice. Students will explore concepts of therapeutic communication in professional nursing relationships and the contexts in which these occur.
Contemporary Issues in Aotearoa New Zealand (HSDV5140) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course examines the influences of cultural, social, political and environmental factors in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Anatomy and Physiology (HSDV5141) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of human anatomy and physiology to contribute to a holistic understanding of the human body in its environment
Enquiry and Communication (HSDV5142) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course introduces the principles of communication, knowledge construction, and academic literacy and develops scholarly skills in preparation for academic and professional practice
Human Development (HSDV5143) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course provides an understanding of the processes and influences on lifespan development. Developmental and communication theories are considered in relation to the developing individual from the time of conception to old age and death.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Nursing Practice - Older Adult (HEAL6011) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To prepare nurses who can competently care for individuals in a medical care setting within the New Zealand Health system. This course is based on the belief that nursing is essentially a practice discipline. It builds on, and enables the student to integrate knowledge from, the prerequisite and co-requisite papers. This knowledge draws from the empirico-analytic and interpretive paradigms. Interpretive enquiry seeks to understand and find meaning within the clinical experience. In this course, practice is valued and reflected upon. Nursing practice will reflect current research findings, and students will integrate nursing theories into a professional framework for beginning nursing practice.
Nursing in the Community (HEAL6012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to discuss and examine the critical influences and constraints within the political, social, cultural and environmental context which may influence public and community health nursing.
Nursing Practice - Medical (HEAL6013) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To prepare nurses who can competently care for individuals in a medical care setting within the New Zealand Health system. This course is based on the belief that nursing is essentially a practice discipline. It builds on, and enables the student to integrate knowledge from, the prerequisite and co-requisite papers. This knowledge draws from the empirico-analytic and interpretive paradigms. Interpretive enquiry seeks to understand and find meaning within the clinical experience. In this course, practice is valued and reflected upon. Nursing practice will reflect current research findings, and students will integrate nursing theories into a professional framework for beginning nursing practice.
Tangata Whenua Health Issues (HEAL6021) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to health related values, beliefs and customs of Tangata Whenua. To develop students’ understanding of the impact of Government and Social Policy on the health status of the indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand and to relate this to the Treaty of Waitangi. To provide the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge necessary for culturally safe practice in nursing.
Pathophysiology (HEAL6022) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to describe the normal and abnormal functioning of human cells, tissues and organ systems, and analyse the links between aetiology, symptomatology and treatment.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Mental Health Praxis (HEAL7111) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)To prepare students to competently care for individuals and their families in a mental health setting, provide the opportunities for students to consolidate previous learning, further develop skills of critical reflection at a beginning practitioner level, assist students to integrate theory and practice in nursing situations of increasing complexity, and to stimulate critical thinking about nursing knowledge, practice and research and about health issues in a wide variety of contexts.
Primary Health Praxis (HEAL7112) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)To develop the student’s critical understanding and analysis of the individual, whanau/family and community impact of long-term and/or complex health issues and the associated primary health nursing practice.
Acute Nursing Praxis - Surgery (HEAL7113) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)To prepare students to competently care for individuals and their families in a surgical care setting, provide the opportunities for students to consolidate previous learning, further develop skills of critical reflection at a beginning practitioner level, assist students to integrate theory and practice in nursing situations of increasing complexity, and to stimulate critical thinking about nursing knowledge, practice and research and about health issues in a wide variety of contexts.
Professional Nursing Practice - Transition (HEAL7116) 60 credits (0.5 EFTS)To prepare students to make the transition to the role of beginning practitioner, stimulate critical thinking about nursing knowledge, practice and research in order to develop a culture of evidence based nursing practice, and to further develop the skills of enquiry, reflective practice and critical thinking and to enable students to demonstrate the competencies of the registered nurse scope of practice.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Asthma Nursing (HEAL7181) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver asthma education in primary, secondary and tertiary nursing practice.
COPD Nursing (HEAL7281) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide the Registered Nurse with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver C.O.P.D. education in primary nursing practice settings.